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Charlotte Simpson, aka the Traveling Black Widow is a retired guidance counselor and special education teacher. After losing her husband of 31 years, she made solo-world-travel a central part of her retirement and has traveled all seven continents and 50 states. ​

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  1. So true! My favorite Maya Angelou quote is “Solitude can be a much-to-be-desired condition. In silence, we listen to ourselves, and in the quietude we may even hear the voice of God.” Thank you for this timely reminder about the power of quiet in our lives. It’s so easy to let the noise be a distraction.

  2. I am an early riser. Normally up at 5 am, and no one else is up in my house. This is my quiet time just for me. God and I have a thing. I can hear from him as I pray and read the word. My go to is the Bible app on my phone. No television, no distractions. It is a part of my self care. We have to take care of our physical, mental, and spiritual health.

  3. AMEN! I BELIEVE in silence.and in breathing. I opened read your message during my one of my silent moments and I absorbed the many valuable nuggets that you shared. The deep exhale that came after was affirmation the silence is golden. 🙏🏽

  4. I have started 2024 off by not reaching for my cell phone as soon as I wake up. Instead I am intentional on extending my prayer time, meditations sitting in silence, reading the Word and watching a sermon online. Yes, some days I fall short but I have learned to be gentle with myself and try again the next day!

  5. I practice gratitude and mindfulness. I get in my car and just be still or sometimes I just mute the TV and get lost in my thoughts. In the morning, I pray and reinforce I’m ok.

  6. This article is so helpful! I will strive intentionally now to quiet. It is really imperative to my peace of mind.

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